Pathways to Publishing for Indie Authors of Color

Room 3501CD, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


We’re a group of authors of color at various career stages who've taken winding roads to publication. We will share insights about the various paths each of us took to get our works out: self-publishing, hybrid publishing, or working with small presses. Topics will include finding editors and presses who understand your work, deciding whether you need an agent, marketing your work, avoiding our publishing missteps, and dealing with people considering your work "too niche" for their audiences.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Pathways_to_Publishing_for_Indie_Authors_of_Color_(2).pdf



Jee Leong Koh

Amy M. Le is a Vietnam War survivor, Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) warrior, award-winning author, and founder of Quill Hawk Publishing, a woman-owned, Asian American hybrid publishing company that helps writers indie publish their books while amplifying diverse voices through storytelling.

Kiran Bhat is an Indian American author, traveler, and polyglot. He is known as the author of we of the forsaken world... and has had his writing published in various journals such as the Caravan, Outlook India, the Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, SOFTBLOW, etc. He currently lives in Mumbai.

Mugabi Byenkya is an award-winning writer of prose, poetry, comics, essays, drama, and songs. Mugabi’s writing is used to teach high school English in Kampala and Toronto schools. In 2018, Mugabi was named one of fifty-six writers who has contributed to their native Uganda’s literary heritage by Writivism.

Celestine Woo


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center